Passwords – another reason not to re-use them

Yes, I know I’m always banging on about passwords The simple fact is that this issue causes more problems than any other for my IT support clients. Therefore, I can’t resist telling you about something that happened a few weeks ago that offers yet another reason why you really shouldn’t use passwords more than once. …
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Macs – force-quitting and right-clicking

We Windows users have long been used to the “three-fingered salute” of Ctrl-Alt-Del when we want to close a frozen program So what’s the equivalent for a Mac? The quick option is known as “force quitting” and the options are as follows: To force quit a single program Click on the Apple (top lefthand corner) …
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Screen Inversion

Help! My screen’s turned upside down! You probably won’t find this blog of use today (unless you are an office wag – see below), but if ever you see that the contents of your screen have turned upside down (or sideways for that matter), then just remember that you read about it here. You can …
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Stationery Pad – silly name, useful feature

I’m still struggling to like Apple Macs and here’s one reason why One of the many things I find irritating about Macs is that Apple have an annoying habit of giving things completely stupid names. Take the “Airport”, for instance. Now an airport used to be one of those big sprawling places where aeroplanes take …
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Over-protective MAC?

Have you ever downloaded a new program onto your Mac, only to be told by the operating system that it can’t be opened because it’s from an unidentified developer? Mac OSX computers are more protective than Windows computers when it comes to what’s allowed on your computer and that has obvious security benefits. Nevertheless, it …
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Bluetooth Mouse

Why might you want a bluetooth mouse? What is Bluetooth? Bluetooth is a wireless radio technology for communicating over short distances using short-length UHF radio waves. It’s often used between portable and fixed devices. Examples include: Telephone headsets for mobile phones Headphones for music systems Keyboards & mice and their computer There are three classes …
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More About Screen Captures

I’ve written previously about the useful free program called Gadwin PrintScreen that I use to “grab” a copy of either the whole screen or part of the screen. In fact, it’s the utility that I use to grab the bits of screens that I often use to illustrate these blog posts. Since I’m now trying …
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Malware and Adware on a Mac

What does File Quarantine do for you on your Mac? When you attempt to open a file from the internet using Safari, or from an attachment to an email in the Mail program, the operating system will pop up a window warning you that the file comes from the internet and ask whether you really …
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Apple’s Instant Wifi Hotspot

Most smartphones (including iPhones) can serve as “wifi hotspots” In effect, this means that the phone is acting like your wireless router at home. It can be used to allow you to connect another device to the internet (eg a laptop or a tablet) when a “normal” wifi connection is not available and when the …
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